Simulating amnesic symptoms in normal subjects

Science  17 Dec 1982:
Vol. 218, Issue 4578, pp. 1243-1244
DOI: 10.1126/science.7146909


Patients with organic brain damage resulting in anterograde amnesia cannot recall a list of words, but when given the first three letters of each word, they complete these word stems with words from the list. We simulated this phenomenon in normal subjects who examined the list words for vowels while ignoring their semantic component. The subjects produced the list words when completing the word stems although they could not recall the words.